CMS has invited applications for dialysis providers to convert to the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) form of organization, which tests and evaluates new ways to improve patient-centered coordinated ESRD care. Participants will form ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) composed of dialysis facilities, nephrologists, and other related healthcare providers. Applications are due by July 15, 2016 for ESCOs beginning service January 1, 2017. For more information on ESCOs, see https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/comprehensive-ESRD-care/ .
The NRAA is presenting a “Roadmap to Integrated Kidney Care” that will help potential applicants understand the ESCO process, beginning with a webinar June 10, 2016, and continuing with an in-person workshop in the Chicago area June 23-24, 2016. The workshop will include a discussion led by members of the thirteen already-operating ESCOs, who have experience with the application process. Registration is required for the webinar and workshop. For full details and registration, see http://www.nraa.org/index.php/component/content/article/97-webinars/645-roadmap-to-integrated-care .